Even with the world’s advanced climate predictive technologies, the weather can be unpredictable sometimes. In the Philippines, natural disasters are common and are the more reason you should deem it necessary to protect your home from the weather’s harsh effects. From 1980 to 2020, the average cost per weather and climate disaster was estimated at $19.2 billion. As shocking as this amount is, it still doesn’t quell the possibility of other happenings. That explains why you must take steps to safeguard your home. So do you know what to do if disaster strikes? Find out here.
- Your roof (in all weather conditions)
The roof of your home is the first line of defence against the weather and all its elements. Whether it is summer, spring, winter, or fall, always ensure your roof is in excellent condition and not in need of repairs. Make it a point to rake your roof every season to get rid of debris or other unwanted materials that found their way there. During the frosty months, your roof tends to pile up tons of snow and ice.
If unattended to, the snow will gradually melt and seep into the inner structure of your roof. The more melted ice seeps under your shingles, the quicker damage it causes to the building materials up there. However, if you make it a habit to rake your roof frequently, you reduce the chances of this happening. Avoid raking your roof excessively as it could damage your shingles.
More importantly, you must consider fixing gutter installation to your roof (if you don’t have it already). When it rains, the gutter collects water and moves it away from the roof without leakage. However, always make it a habit to clean out your gutters often, as they tend to get clogged with dried leaves and other debris.
- Protect your home against strong winds
If you live in a geographical location susceptible to strong winds, it is a necessity to anchor down all your large items positioned outdoors. Better yet, secure any large item without a concrete foundation with bolts or anchors. Doing this will minimize or eliminate the chances of projectiles thrown by strong winds (should it occur). Another thing you should do is to assess the position of trees within striking distance of your home. Trees are excellent environmental covers, but they can cause havoc to your home or property during a typhoon if they are tall enough.
Long hours of rain can make the grounds around roots soggy and more prone to leaning forward and breaking away. Before cutting down any tree in your neighborhood, first, seek permission from your local forest department office. Without their express permission, you will fall foul of the law. As you may know, a home is as safe as its weakest link. If your location is prone to severe weather, it will help to hire a professional to reinforce your windows, garage doors, and other parts of the home.
- Always plan for the worst
It could be your holiday property or your family home. Whatever it is, your best bet is to always prepare for the worst. Natural disasters can happen at any time, but those who live in more disaster-prone locations tend to have better experience managing these eventualities. For example, if you live in an earthquake-prone area, it will be logical to secure all shelving units to withstand tremors or real quakes.
If flooding is a significant issue in your locality, ensure professionals seal up your home as much as possible against water leakages. It is also recommended to position your electronics as high as possible to avoid damage in the event of flooding.
Safeguarding your home is as much your responsibility as the local departments authorized to manage such situations. You should take the first preemptive steps as the homeowner. Indeed, you cannot avert the elements’ cycles, but you can control the rate of damage or destruction in your home.